WWII History

The last week of November finds two special events you will want to make note of: on November 29th we have an Aces High Xtreme Air Racing League starting at 10 p.m. EST; this popular racing event is a test of speed and your maneuvering ability so sign up now and take on the best of the world.

On November 30th we have the final Snapshots event of the month at 10 p.m. EST. These scenarios are growing in popularity so you will want to make sure you sign up and see what all the excitement is about. Just two more reasons why Aces High by HiTech Creations is the number one flight sim on the market.

Today we are going to take a look at the Siege of Tobruk which occurred from April 10th to November 27th, 1941. This siege, of course, was part of the Western Desert Campaign of World War II and was a decisive Allied victory in Libya, defeating soundly the famous Erwin Rommel.

Tobruk was a crucial major port and as such was important as a supply line for both sides of the engagement. Rommel attacked Tobruk on April 10th while it was defended by a reinforced Austrailian 9th Division. The Australians had been instructed to hold onto Tobruk for eight weeks but when all was said and done they valiantly held that port city for five months, finally being replaced by the British 70th Infantry Division, who were in turn finally relieved by the 8th Army as part of Operation Crusader. They were constantly reinforced with gunfire support, supplies and fresh troops by the Royal Navy and the Royal Australian Navy

Finally in November Rommel had to withdraw and accept defeat; when the siege had ended 3,000 Allies had died and 8,000 Germans had perished. This, interestingly, was the first instance where the German Panzers were brought to a standstill.

We hope you are enjoying our brief glimpses of history as we at HiTech Creations try to bring to life World War 2 for you. We believe that one of the reasons why Aces High is the number one combat flight simulator is because it was created by history buffs. Our staff and dedicated volunteers love to study World War II and we are constantly trying to create the perfect representation with our World War 2 Flight Simulator. Of course technology is important; of course the latest in bells and whistles adds to the playing enjoyment. We believe, however, that it is our dedication to make Aces High the best flight sim on the market that leads us to our lofty position as number one among flight simulators. We have always been committed to making just one game and making that the best game on the market.

Stay tuned for next week when we will continue our World War 2 battles summary and as always our respect and admiration go out to any surviving members of World War II. In part our efforts are an attempt to honor you for your courage and dedication.

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Aces High is adding its first tank destroyer, the M-18 Hellcat. The M-18 was the fastest tracked AFV of World War 2 with a top speed of over 50 mph and had a 76mm M1A1 for firepower, the same gun used on the M4A3(76). Its weakness was that it was quite vulnerable to enemy fire with its open top turret and thin armor. Players would be wise to use speed and cover to outflank and ambush opponents and avoid slugging it out with other tanks.

This is just another update and addition that will keep Aces High at the top of the list of World War 2 Flight Simulators.

So what is happening in our special events arena for the remainder of this week? Glad you asked and the answer is as it always is: a lot!

Tonight at 10 p.m. EST we have an AHXARL; then on the 23rd we will be holding a Snapshots at 10 p.m. EST, and the week ends (or a new week begins) on Sunday with a SEC: Jeep Racing.

These are highly popular special events so sign up early and join the fun. Just one more reason why Aces High is the number one combat flight simulator on the market.

And forward we go in our in-depth look at battles that occurred during World War 2. Today we will take a look at the Battle of Overloon which was fought between September 30-October 18, 1944, between the United States, Great Britain and Germany.

And why are we doing this? Simply because we are students of World War 2 and by being students it allows us to continue amending Aces High so that it remains fresh, challenging, and the best combat flight simulator on the market. So let’s get to it.

In September 1944 the Allied forces were intent on advancing to the Rhine and in so doing bypassing the Siegfriend Line and taking a clear shot at Berlin. In their way was a division of the German Army near the city of Venlo and as the Allied forces approached a rather heated battle ensued. The Allies suffered heavy losses during this engagement but eventually won this battle on Dutch soil.

When all was said and done the Allies lost 1,878 men, three aircraft and forty tanks, a rather heavy tank loss in the only tank engagement in the Netherlands. The Germans lost approximately 600 men and an unknown number of tanks. After the battle the Allies had to stop, rest, re-group and wait for reinforcements while the Germans retreated towards Berlin. To historians this battle will always be remembered as one of the bloodiest and most heavily contested of all the battles in World War II, but to most people this battle is unheard of and certainly rarely shows up in accounts of World War 2.

At HiTech Creations we believe that each and every battle fought in World War 2 has value and should be remembered. To the 2,500 men who lost their lives this battle was quite real; to their surviving families and to the citizens in the Netherlands this battle was quite real. If Aces High is to continue to be the number one World War 2 Flight Simulator on the market then we need to continue and study the war so that our flight sim is as realistic as it can possibly be.

We salute the brave soldiers who participated in this battle and the hundreds like it. We can only hope that our flight simulation game, Aces High, serves as a symbol of respect from us to you. Strap on your helmets and fly the skies with Aces High.